Do you want (or need) new running gear or shoes?
If you've convinced yourself you NEED new shoes or running gear, you're not alone.🤣🏃♂️🏃♀️
Maybe you do. Maybe you don't.
👉Before you spend a small fortune on a pair of carbon-plated running shoes, an ultra-fancy running watch, or a whole new running wardrobe, check out these budget-friendly tips for runners.
Whether you are a new runner or experienced athlete, I think we’ve all seen that gearing up can put a real dent in your wallet.
Working in running stores...
Before reading through this list, it is important to note that everyone is different.
I once worked with someone who used a great analogy when fitting a customer for running shoes.
👉Ready to save some $$$ on new running gear?🏃♂️🏃♀️
Here's what you need to know...
There are some things that I never encourage people to cut corners on. The big one...
I always tell friends that are getting into running to commit to spending at least $120 on their first pair of shoes.
I know it’s a lot, but shoes are important!
Even before I worked in run specialty retail, I was a strong proponent of getting fitted for shoes by someone who knows what they are doing.
FYI...We love local running stores.
Whether it’s for a holiday, an upcoming race the store is sponsoring, or a store anniversary, retailers will often advertise these sales on their social media platforms.
(Did someone say Black Friday deals?)
We're right on the edge of waving goodbye to fall to kick of the winter season. And that's a good thing if you're a runner.
Similar to other clothing stores, running specialty stores will typically have sales between the seasons.
Here's how it works in retail:
If you looking for a deal on running gear, plan out your purchases so you can stock up when these items go on sale!
The same is true for running shoes:
TIP: When you get fitted for shoes, ASK if they have any older models on sale in your size. You’re more likely to luck out here if you have a less common shoes size in a normal width.
Like the WeeViews Rising Stars program
There's also more traditional rewards programs..
A lot of stores, such as Fleet Feet, have reward programs for their customers.
TIP: Keep track of how much you’re spending and pay attention to when you have a discount coming up. Just make sure you know what the expiration dates are!
I love to shop local, but sometimes I like to shop my favorite warehouse sites to balance out the cost, like:
These are great places to find apparel on the cheap!
I don’t typically get my running shoes here because I prefer to try them on in the store, but the clothing can be a steal. I’m talking $12 for a pair of shorts from a previous season!
TIP: As always, whenever buying online, make sure you check out their return policies and shipping costs!
Running apparel is expensive, but the truth is that you don’t necessarily need a ton of it.
I always told customers, especially those new to the sport, that you can get away with one or two key outfits.
For the winter, you need:
TIP: Even if you’re running every day, you don’t need seven different outfits.
You've heard the advice before: Take care of your gear, and it will last longer!
But are you doing this?
Most of this is simple, but it takes a little time.
It sounds like something parents tell their kids, "If you don't take care of your things, they get lost or broken." Make sense?
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